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Inspiration

Toy Story Comes To Life In Photo Series Capturing Audiences’ Inner Child

By Holly Roa on October 19th 2016

French photographer Guillaume Chevalier, of Guic Photographies, is the owner of a very adventurous Woody doll. He makes mischief, eats food much larger than himself, ends up in all sorts of places, and fortunately, Chevalier is always right there with his camera to capture the action. Chevalier makes photographs featuring Woody and company that look like they could be in an album with family portraits, and they’ve been sparking internet interest around the world.

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Equipment

Most of his photographs are taken with a Sony A7S, though he also owns an A77. According to EXIF data on Flickr, a majority of photos in the series were taken with a Sony 24-70mm f/2.8, and he has quite an assortment at his disposal including a Samyang 8mm, Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro, and Sigma 85mm f/1.4. He doesn’t use flash for his Woody series, though he does add light when needed. Most are naturally lit however.

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Inspiration

When asked from where the inspiration for these clever scenes is drawn, Chevalier says, “Let’s say these are the everyday scenes that give me ideas, – during a meal, a relaxing time or during a trip, any time is good for inspiring me!” 

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[rewind:] A BTS LOOK AT THE INTRICATE IMAGINATION & WORK OF TOY PHOTOGRAPHER FELIX HERNANDEZ

Process

Once the idea is there, he carefully creates the scene, paying great attention to detail. Each element in the scene is placed to help design a specific composition he has in mind. After the photographs are captured, he imports them into Lightroom where almost all of his photo editing takes place. Post-processing is minimal, usually just highlights, shadows, contrast and color are adjusted.

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His biggest takeaway from the experience of creating the Woody series:

I have learned a lot with this project, but the most important is that camera settings have to be a lot more accurate at a toy scale than a human scale! An insignificant move makes the shot missed

– one reason why Chevalier opts to shoot on a tripod the majority of the time.

Enjoy a selection of Woody’s finer moments below:

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Stay up-to-date with the Woody project and check out more of Chevalier’s work on Facebook, Flickr, and 500px.

About

Seattle based photographer with a side of videography, specializing in work involving animals, but basically a Jill of all trades.
Instagram: @HJRphotos

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sahrish Rizvi

    Great photos! Just wondering how does the Woody doll have so many different expressions!

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  2. Daniel Thullen

    Chevalier’s photographs are magnifique!

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  3. Karen Borter

    I absolutely love his work and have liked his page on Facebook!

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